Best Home Based Businesses In Singapore

There are several home based businesses to choose from.

Starting a new Singapore business can be extremely rewarding. And this is especially the case if you’re starting one from home. However, there are tons of different opportunities to choose from. Which is the best? In this article, we will discuss the best home based businesses in Singapore.

1.  Amazon affiliate

Are you someone who enjoys the idea of digital marketing? Well, you may be interested in becoming an Amazon Affiliate. This is someone who sales products that Amazon offers for a commission. Amazon’s affiliate programs allow businesses to refer customers and get a certain percentage of whatever the customer spends. Just keep in mind that the commissions are as low as 4% and as high as 8.5%.


2.  Blogging

Not only can blogging be a creative way to express your interests, but it can also be a great career. If you know how to appeal to a certain audience and encourage engagement and loyalty, then it can result in a great income. You can monetise your website by working with advertisers and sponsors. You can also include a few affiliate links.


3.  Sell on Etsy

Do you have a special gift for creating handmade items? Well, you may be a perfect Etsy seller. These individuals tend to focus on arts and crafts items–whether you’re selling something you’ve knitted or make hand-drawn greeting cards, you could easily turn this into a home based business.


4.  Sell on Ebay

eBay has been around for quite some time, but it’s still a very popular online marketplace. Sell rare antiques, collectibles, and anything else that comes to mind. The great part about this platform is that you can build a solid reputation as a seller and attract loyal customers. If you want to get the most about of eBay, then you need to specialise in items that no one else has or niche items that are in high-demand. So choose a certain niche and then research it. Become an expert so that you know what items are worth when you see them.


5.  Youtube Influencer

Believe it or not, you can make an excellent income by creating videos for Youtube. Create comedy, motivational videos, tutorials, and anything else that relates to your expertise. Influencers make money through ad revenue, sponsors, and selling their own products and merchandise. So do your best to gain as many subscribers as possible.


Just keep in mind that this avenue takes a lot of hard work and time. It won’t happen overnight. This is because there is a lot of competition on this particular platform. So you need to bring something unique to the table.


6.  Social media manager

Most Singapore businesses understand how important it is to have a social media presence.  However, not everyone knows about the benefits of hiring a social media manager. If you have a special touch when it comes to social media and creating a following, then contract yourself out and spend your time tweeting, snapping images for Instagram, and posting messages to Facebook.


7.  Web developer

If you have a specialised skill in technology, then you should consider web developing. Freelance web developers are able to control their own time and do the work their stimulates their creativity and intellect. Most Singapore businesses need help with their website, and you may be just the person to work with.


8.  Write e-books

Are you a writer who has a significant amount of knowledge about a certain topic? Consider writing your own e-books. The e-book industry has made self-publishing very easy and a great way to generate income.


9.  Consulting

Another great way to use your knowledge is to become a consultant. Whether you are fluent in finance, graphic design, cybersecurity, or accounting, there is always someone needs help with their business. This is especially the case if they would rather outsource this particular job.


10.  Freelance copywriter

Many Singapore website owners understand the importance of creating quality content. This is the key to attracting the right type of traffic and ranking in Google’s search engine. So there are many businesses who are interested in hiring editors and writers who will make sure that their content is valuable and well-polished. And this can be an excellent way to make money from home.


11.  Grant writer

Another great way to make a living while writing is to write grants. In this case, writers work with non-profit organisations who are in need of funds. And it requires that you have an understanding of grant elements and how to create a professional proposal. Not only will you generate incomes, but also help an important cause.


12.  Graphic designer

Businesses will always need logos, letterheads, and a great web design. So if you are someone who has experience with graphic design, then you can make a great living by providing your artistic services. There are an endless amount of opportunities online for this industry.


13.  Pet care

When it comes to pets, there are many people who consider them apart of the family. And this means they are more than willing to pay the costs to have them properly taken care. If you like animals and can groom, site, walk or even photograph them, then you can create your own pet business.


14.  Cleaning services

Most people enjoy the feel of a clean home. However, not everyone has the time nor the will to clean the house themselves. In these cases, many will hire someone to come in and take care of these household tasks for them. If you are someone who is particularly organised and know how to clean a home, then you can always start your own cleaning services. Though you may operate headquarters from home, this business will require travel.


15.  Handyman

Perhaps you are particularly good at fixing things. In this case, you could contract your services out and become a handyman. Assignments tend to vary from leaky faucets to carpentry, so you should be prepared to perform an array of tasks, unless you specialise in one area.


16.  Tutor

Have you always excelled in a certain academic subject? Perhaps you are a genius at math, science, literature, or even a foreign language. In this case, you should consider becoming a tutor. The great thing about becoming a tutor is that you can set your own location. In fact, there are a lot of tutors who Skype their students. This is a great way to earn an income as well as help make a difference in a student’s life.


18.  Photographer

There are several events that happen in life that require the skills of a professional photographer. From birthdays to anniversaries, there are no shortages of moments that can be preserved on film. If you have an interest in photography and are good with cameras, then you can market your skills and create your own list of clients. And the best part is, you can set up your own studio space at home.

19.  Music lessons

If you are musically gifted and know the basic principles that go into playing a certain instrument, then you can teach them to other people. This especially true when it comes to children. There are many parents who are eager for their children to learn a musical talent. You could charge based on hourly rates. You can also conduct the lessons from the comfort of your own home.


20.  Daycare

With the increasing prevalence of double-income households, caretakers for young children and elderly family members are in high demand. If you are patient, get along well with the young and old, and have a flexible schedule, this may be the job for you. Off-hours daycare can command an especially high salary, as parents would be hard-pressed to find caretakers late at night or early in the morning.



Starting your own home based business has never been easier. This is especially true since the rise of online businesses. All it takes is some knowledge search engine marketing and SEO and you could be off to a great start. The key is to find something you enjoy and to offer something unique and valuable.

About the Author

Tom Koh

Tom is the CEO and Principal Consultant of MediaOne, a leading digital marketing agency. He has consulted for MNCs like Canon, Maybank, Capitaland, SingTel, ST Engineering, WWF, Cambridge University, as well as Government organisations like Enterprise Singapore, Ministry of Law, National Galleries, NTUC, e2i, SingHealth. His articles are published and referenced in CNA, Straits Times, MoneyFM, Financial Times, Yahoo! Finance, Hubspot, Zendesk, CIO Advisor.


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